CAG crimson flags railways’ waste administration system

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No single physique or entity in Indian Railways to deal with waste administration associated points, says the CAG report

No single physique or entity in Indian Railways to deal with waste administration associated points, says the CAG report

The Comptroller and Auditor Normal has criticised the railways over its waste administration system in virtually all sectors from stations, teaching depots, upkeep and manufacturing models in addition to bio-medical waste generated in its hospitals. The CAG report on Waste Administration in Indian Railways was offered in Parliament on Monday.

It additionally identified that there isn’t a single physique or company within the Indian Railways solely liable for dealing with waste administration associated points, including that there isn’t a system of devoted fund allocation particularly for waste administration.

“Regardless of an assurance to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for organising Engineering and Well being Administration directorate on the zonal and on the divisional stage, compliance by the Indian Railways (IR) was partial. “Accountable entities on the railway stations, divisions and on the zonal stage weren’t constituted in 38.60% of the stations take a look at checked. In 59 stations out of 109 chosen for audit, directives of the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) for acquiring Consent to Set up (CTEs) from associated State Air pollution Management Boards (SPCBs) weren’t complied with (as of 31 July 2021),” the report acknowledged.

The report additionally mentioned the nationwide transporter failed to totally adjust to directives of the NGT for implementing 24 verifiable indicators for monitoring of waste administration at 36 main stations. In 65 different main stations chosen, the progress on implementation of verifiable indicators was not encouraging, it mentioned.

“Segregated waste collected from pantry automobiles and trains with on board housekeeping companies (OBHS) was not unloaded in secured baggage in 45% take a look at checked stations. In 86% take a look at checked stations, waste collected from pantry automobiles or OBHS trains was not dumped in separate assigned dustbins,” the report mentioned.

It additionally discovered non-compliance of the foundations prescribed storage and labelling of hazardous waste in 102 models (out of 131 chosen) remained a possible risk for the surroundings and other people engaged in these models.

It was additionally essential of the railways for failing to make sure the essential situation of segregating bio-degradable and non bio-gradable waste. Amenities for administration of strong waste resembling moist waste processing, materials restoration facility, provision of composting plant, waste segregation and recycling centres weren’t offered at 70% of the stations and 90% of teaching yards chosen for audit.

“Effluent Therapy Vegetation/Sewage Therapy Vegetation (ETP/STPs), although deliberate for commissioning in 19 main teaching depots and 40 workshops, weren’t commissioned as of March 2020. Gradual progress in offering water recycling plant and automated coach washing plant defeated the targets envisaged within the Indian Railways Water Coverage, 2017,” it mentioned.

The CAG additionally identified that the railways had failed to make sure provision of secured room with regards to bio-medical waste guidelines for storage of bio-medical waste in 64% take a look at checked hospitals. Additional, within the absence of requisite tools for treating bio-medical waste, 15 hospitals managed waste disposal departmentally endangering security of public well being, it added.

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